Theme Time Radio Hour — The Annotated “Kiss” Show Transcript

Fred Bals
26 min readOct 17, 2022

“Kiss” — Episode 101

Introduction

The 101st episode of Theme Time Radio Hour, “Kiss” also known as “The Kiss Show” and “Kissing,” was originally released on February 11, 2015 by Berlin radio station Radio Eins as a special episode of its “Friendly Takeover” series. Like TTRH, the “Friendly Takeover” show features musicians acting as deejay and playing cuts that they’ve selected.

Advertised by Radio Eins as previously “unknown” and “never broadcasted,” “Kiss” seems to have been recorded during TTRH’s third season, which ran from late 2008 to April 2009. Why “Kiss” never aired until six or seven years later is unknown. Perhaps the TTRH team was unhappy with the sound quality. Much of Our Host’s commentary sounds as if it was recorded in a cavern, especially in the early half of the show. Maybe the grim stories about Connie Francis and J. Frank Wilson gave the producers second thoughts about airing a dark show with the light-hearted theme of “Kiss.”

If either of those are right, it leaves open the question as to why the producers didn’t go back and re-record or re-edit “Kiss” and then release it.

So, maybe the producers recorded back-up episodes in case of emergency and the need to replace a scheduled show? Maybe Season 3 was originally going to run longer than the 25 episodes that were aired? Maybe they were planning a fourth season?

We’ll probably never know.

How the show ended up with Radio Eins in 2015 is another question. Possibly “Friendly Takeover” solicited Mr. D.’s office to have him do a show a la the old TTRH and in due course the answer came back, “No, but we do have this unaired episode of the original TTRH that you can use. Interested?”

“Don’t Ask Me How Many Times We Kissed”

Shortly after Radio Eins aired “Kiss” the show was broadcast on Sirius XM and later on the BBC, which leads into the curious problem of the different “Kisses.”

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Fred Bals

Corporate Storyteller. Tech enthusiast. Mini Cooper fanboy. One-time chronicler of Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour. Husband of Peggy. Human of Lily Rose.